Supporting student scholarships

The Board of Visitors is an important student scholarship support program and a channel for the involvement and networking of distinguished citizens and leaders who are interested in furthering the university’s mission and providing assistance in the areas of planning, promoting and resource development. Length of membership term varies by membership level and all gifts provide direct scholarship support to deserving students. For many students, the quality education in the Christian environment of Charleston Southern carries a high price tag. More than 95% of our students receive financial aid. Annual gifts from Board of Visitors members help worthy and deserving students afford a CSU education by supplementing tuition. Many CSU graduates can thank the generosity and commitment of Board of Visitors members for making their education possible.

BOV Program Benefits

In the fall and spring, members of the Board of Visitors come to campus for a half-day meeting that includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch. The Board of Visitors meeting is a time for you to network with other members, learn about the current and future projects of the university, give input on ideas and meet and hear from our students, faculty, coaches and administration.

This black-tie optional event is held on campus in the fall for all donors of the university giving $1,000 per year or more. This relaxing evening includes a fine dinner, student and guest speakers, student entertainment and a message from the president.

This is a special time when scholarship benefactors and students meet for lunch. Heartwarming testimonies and tearful words of thanks are expressed, making this a favorite university event.

This quarterly Friday morning event allows members of our Board of Visitors and their guests to network. A speaker from the business community will highlight a specific topic of interest to those in the business world. All members are encouraged to bring promotional information about their companies to share with other board members.

Levels of Support

At the general level of the Board of Visitors, each member contributes a minimum gift of $1,000 annually, which provides direct scholarship support to a deserving student. Multiple scholarship levels of giving are available with additional benefits for higher levels of giving. Each member contributes their gift annually with the option to renew their membership each year. Membership pledges can be made on an annual basis or members can elect to fulfill a multi-year pledge.

$1,000 a year, 4 year commitment

In addition to contributing directly to the success of a CSU student through the BOV Scholarship Program, Board of Visitors members receive special communications and invitations to exclusive events throughout the year including:

  • President’s Club Dinner
  • Quarterly community networking breakfasts
  • Annual spring Scholarship Luncheon to meet your student
  • Semiannual Board of Visitors meetings
  • Spouse trips in conjunction with Board of Visitors meetings

$2,500 a year, 4 year commitment

Board of Visitors Leadership Council members help more students reach their educational goals. In addition to the Board of Visitors membership benefits, Leadership Council level Board of Visitors receive:

  • Formal recognition in university publications
  • Invitations to selected campus events

$5,000 a year, 3 year commitment

In addition to the benefits listed at the Board of Visitors and Leadership Council levels, the Executive Council Board of Visitors members have opportunities to:

  • Support a particular college or school of your area of interest (College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing or College of Health Sciences)
  • Special opportunities to interact with the dean and faculty in your area of interest, and if appropriate, speak to students or serve on discussion panels or serve as a guest lecturer for a class

$10,000 a year, two-year commitment

In addition to the benefits listed above, Presidential Council Board of Visitors members have opportunities for:

  • Title sponsorship at BOV scheduled activities, President’s Club Dinner, Scholarship Luncheon and Networking Breakfasts
  • Periodic meetings with the president and senior university cabinet members to discuss key issues
  • Invitation to private social gatherings
  • Gifts may be paid on a monthly, quarterly or semiannual basis, if desired

BOV Membership Form

Upcoming Events

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As a Board of Visitors member, we are grateful for your constant support of the CSU community. To show our appreciation, you and your family are invited to join us in the hospitality tent for a pregame meal and halftime snacks for our home football game.